Thursday, July 19, 2012

Acupuncture for Cancer - Does it work?

What is the causes of cancer?

You know that tar, heavy metals, asbestos, benzene, dyestuff, mold, cigarettes, automobile fumes, arsenics,  saccharine like chemical things and sunshine, gamma rays like radiation causes cancer. Most of those are from modern chemical materials. But those are not all the factors. Cancers have been around for a long time before most modern chemical materials were created. Then what is the cause of cancer? And in ancient time, did they know about cancer?

Stress, emotions and Cancer

And recently scientist found the stress also causing cancer. There is one example, A female had a stomach surgery due to stomach cancer. Even though it was minor one, more than half of stomach was removed. She was ok for the first 3 months. After three months, she had same symptoms as before surgery, even though she didn’t eat spicy or salty foods at all. But she always thinking for her children. Her continued stress damaged her stomach. Removing stomach cancer by a surgery will not solve the real problem. This is only part of solution. The real cause was her stress which was thinking too much.
Her constitution is weak stomach and spleen according to my diagnosis. and additional her too much thinking made worse her stomach worse. and made stomach cancer. 

Acupuncture for Cancer - Does it work?
How to help Cancer with acupuncture and moxa treatments

Do you know that acupuncture and herbs formulas helps cancer patients? I have several case about cancer. Stomach cancer, Breast cancer, Lung cancer, Ovarian cancer, Prostatic cancer and so on. Actually I can not diagnose cancer. And I don't know whether you have cancer or not. Only I know about your symptoms. In Ancient time, all of doctor did know about cancer, they just used symptoms to diagnosis. and they treated. Through the symptoms I can approach the cancer. There is another case of cancer.
A lady had a breast cancer on her right side. Her doctor suggested a surgery and advised her that even surgery may only extend her life 6 months to one year at most. She had a son who would go to collage soon. If she had a surgery, there was no money left for her son’s tuition. She decided to give up the surgery and tried the acupuncture. She got acupuncture and moxa treatments once a week. Her breast became swollen and felt hot with acupuncture. She got the therapy two times a week. She fully recovered from cancer after 6 months. Her doctor became speechless as he had insisted surgery was the only option.
Please note that acupuncture doesn’t work every time for cancer. However many report and in my experience acupuncture may work.
There are also many successful reports with moxibustion using mugwort leaves.
People usually get treated for cancer first with "modern" medicine which is a variety of chemicals and radiation. When that doesn't work, they try alternative medicine. I think the best solution is to combine conventional and alternate medicine, such as acupuncture and herbs.

Sometime acupuncture for cancer - very good result

In another example, a couple came to New York from California for two weeks stay. He got an endoscopy just a day before heading to New York. He got a phone call from his family doctor two days later. His doctor said that a biopsy from 8 spots showed cancer and asked him to get a CAT SCAN appointment. He had one malignant tumor out of four spots three month ago on 1st test. They tried to fly back earlier, but that would cost them $900 extra. Someone advised them that cancer wouldn’t grow much faster within two weeks, so he decided to stay in New York as planned.
He came to me with great anxiety. After examination, I told him that I don’t treat cancer and it is beyond my practice. However I can treat edema on legs, swollen face and productive phlegm and no energy and lots of sweating on his back with a little movement. All these symptoms are related to stomach and spleen.
I gave him two acupuncture treatments a day and he drank herb two times a day. This herb was to remove stomach fire and dampness and phlegm. He felt better with the treatments of acupuncture and herbs. His swollen face and edema almost disappeared after one week.
When he went back to his home, he made an appointment for the test. CAT SCAN showed negative meaning no cancer or tumor found. His doctor couldn’t believe the result and wanted another endoscopy later. He got another biopsy from the same spot while doing the endoscopy. This test was also negative. The doctor said when he did the previous biopsy; all the cancer may have been pulled out.

How acupuncture and herbs can help with cancer

It is impossible for acupuncturists to find cancer. It is only possible by western medicine. It is important to remove cancer itself through chemotherapy, radiation or surgery. It is also important to remove original causes, such as stress and anger and resentment based on 7 emotions. It is required to correct unsuitable body function. Acupuncture usually approach to original causes.
Try acupuncture to remove any kind of blockage for better blood circulation, deficiency, stagnation, blood stasis and phlegm.
Try to increase immunity with herbal drink providing the body’s basic requirement, as our body consists of qi, blood, body fluid and essence. If immunity is strong, there is no worry about cancer from the beginning.
Proper diet and exercise are mandatory.
Acupuncture can help with cancer. If original causes are disappeared, then cancer also naturally cured.
You can find a lot of science evidence about acupuncture and cancer.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Interesting Facts About Acupuncture

It is difficult for consumers to make informed choices relative to available health care modalities and products partly because the media, lay people, professionals and vendors promote inaccurate information about healthcare services and products. We are also challenged by the fact that the authorities and researchers often disagree on the efficacies of many medical procedures, surgeries, pharmaceuticals, vitamins, herbs, and complementary medicine. It should be noted that just because science does not understand something doesn't render it inappropriate or ineffective. Aspirin, for example, still worked to diminish inflammation despite the fact that only recently has research discovered the mechanism. Following are some facts about Acupuncture, the purpose of which is to help people make informed choices about their health care needs.

Fact #1: Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine has received more free publicity than any other health care modality in the history of the United States. Acupuncture gained attention in the United States when President Nixon visited China in 1972. Traveling with Nixon was New York Times reporter James Reston, who received acupuncture in China after undergoing an emergency appendectomy. Reston was so impressed with the post-operative pain relief he experienced from the procedure that he wrote about acupuncture upon returning to the United States.

Fact #2: In an official report, Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials, the WHO (World Health Organization) has listed the following symptoms, diseases and condition that have been shown through controlled trials to be treated effectively by acupuncture:

- low back pain
- neck pain
- sciatica
- tennis elbow
- knee pain
- periarthritis of the shoulder
- sprains
- facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
- headache
- dental pain
- tempromandibular (TMJ) dysfunction
- rheumatoid arthritis
- induction of labor
- correction of malposition of fetus (breech presentation)
- morning sickness
- nausea and vomiting
- postoperative pain
- stroke
- essential hypertension
- primary hypotension
- renal colic
- leucopenia
- adverse reactions to radiation or chemotherapy
- allergic rhinitis, including hay fever
- biliary colic
- depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
- acute bacillary dysentery
- primary dysmenorrhea
- acute epigastralgia
- peptic ulcer
- acute and chronic gastritis
The foregoing list is absolute concerning acupuncture's effectiveness; however the report continues with three more categories:

  1. Diseases, symptoms and conditions for which the therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been shown, but further proof is needed (68 specific conditions). These conditions are effectively treated as in the first category; it's just that more trials are necessary to establish the proof scientifically.
  2. Diseases, symptoms and conditions reporting some therapeutic effects for which acupuncture is worth trying (nine conditions).
  3. Diseases, symptoms and conditions in which acupuncture may be tried, provided the practitioner has special modern medical knowledge and adequate monitoring equipment (eight conditions).

In all, The World Health Organization recognizes over 200 health conditions effectively treated with acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Detailed information is available on World Health Organization's website on Traditional medicine and Acupuncture.

Fact #3: China Beijing International Acupuncture Training Center (CBIATC) is affiliated with the Institute of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine and is designated as one of the collaborating centers for Traditional Medicine in China by the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) CBIATC is affiliated with 17 major hospitals in Beijing.

Fact #4: The following was compiled by the Institute of Information on Traditional Chinese Medicine, Beijing.

Since the founding of the People's Republic of China, a series of principles and policies have been formulated by the government to protect and promote traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). The policy of "Developing modern medicine and traditional Chinese medicine" was officially put down in the Constitution. To meet the needs of developing TCM, the state Council established the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine(SATCM) in 1987.

BASIC FORMATION OF MEDICAL SYSTEM
According to statistical data of 1993, it is estimated that there are now 2,457 specialized traditional Chinese hospitals including 39 TCM-Western medicine (WM) integrated hospitals and 129 nationality medicine hospitals. Traditional Chinese medicine hospitals have been established in 75% of the counties across the country. TCM departments, with 35,000 ward beds, have been set up in over 95% of the general hospitals. The difficulty to seek TCM treatment in rural areas has been preliminarily solved. Throughout the country, the traditional Chinese hospitals have 222,000 ward beds and 249,000 TCM doctors; and they have trained a large number of senior TCM- WM doctors and nationality medicine doctors. The hospitals have annually treated 200, 000,000 outpatients and 2,700,000 inpatients. Some hospitals and specialists have got great breakthroughs in the treatment of cardio -cerebro-vascular diseases, hematopathy, immunologic disease, cataract, fractures, acute abdomen, calculus of urinary system, tumor , dermatopathy, anorectal diseases, gynecological diseases and pediatric disease.

TCM has not only systematic theory but also plentiful therapeutically methods including medical Qigong and dietotherapy. It is warmly welcomed by the Chinese people, and has attracted much attention from the people all over the world.
Fact #4: The number of hospitals in the United States offering acupuncture has steadily increased over the past decade. Winchester Hospital in Winchester, Massachusetts; St. Clare Hospital in Baraboo, Wisconsin; St. Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, just to name a few.

Fact #5: The U.S. military was introduced to acupuncture during the Vietnam War, when local physicians were allowed to administer acupuncture to Vietnamese patients at a U.S. Army surgical hospital. Most recently, Col. Richard Niemtzow, an Air Force physician began a program in 2001 termed "battlefield acupuncture". Air Force, Navy and Army doctors are taking acupuncture to the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan as part of emergency care in combat and in frontline hospitals. Acupuncture is offered at Walter Reed Hospital, McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey, Malcolm Grow Medical Center at Andrews, and other Air Force bases in this country and in Germany.

Fact #6: The University of Michigan published results of a study in Journal of NeuroImage. Researchers at U-M Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center showed acupuncture increased the binding availability of mu-opioid receptors in regions of the brain that process and weaken pain signals -- specifically the cingulate, insula, caudate, thalamus and amygdala. By directly stimulating these chemicals, acupuncture can affect the brain's long-term ability to regulate pain. "The increased binding availability of these receptors was associated with reductions in pain," said Richard Harris, a researcher at the center.

Fact #7: As of 2004, nearly 50% of Americans who were enrolled in employer health insurance plans were covered for acupuncture treatments. (Report: Insurance Coverage for Acupuncture on the Rise. Michael Devitt, Acupuncture Today, January, 2005, Vol. 06, Issue 01; The Kaiser Family Foundation and Health Research and Educational Trust Employer Health Benefits 2004 Annual Survey, pp. 106-107 ISBN 0-87258-812-2). Not only do many commercial insurance companies (including Kaiser-Permanente) offer an acupuncture benefit, also, Worker's Compensation (depending on the State), and Personal Injury insurance companies often pay for acupuncture service.

Fact #8: There are approximately 50 accredited acupuncture schools in the U.S. offering Masters Degrees in Oriental Medicine. Many of these schools are gearing up to offer doctoral programs in Oriental Medicine. There are several programs offering medical acupuncture for physicians including UCLA School of Medicine, McMaster University School of Medicine, New York Medical College and Helms Medical Institute. Many schools of Veterinarian medicine offer acupuncture courses.
Fact #9: Many States consider acupuncturist Primary Health Care Professionals and license them as: Doctor of Oriental Medicine (DOM), or Oriental Medical Doctor (OMD).

Fact #10: Acupuncture is used in more than 20 states in over 800 drug dependency programs. Patients who go through these programs have lower re-arrest rates on drug related charges than those not treated with acupuncture. Miami-Dade County drug offenders have the choice of acupuncture or jail.

Fact #11: Space limits the inclusion of a detailed explanation of Oriental Medical Theory, but simplistically described: The ancient Chinese observed two fundamental energies in nature that manifest in the human body. They are the polar opposite, interdependent, inner consuming, and inner transforming energies called Yin and Yang. Yin energy relates to female, internal, solid organs of the body, cold, sinking, deep, blood and body fluids, structure, night time, earth, quiescent and much more. Yang energy relates to male, external, hollow organs of the body, hot, raising, superficial, vital air (oxygen), function, daytime, sky, activity and much more. Illness occurs when the Yin and Yang energies in the body are out of balance. An Oriental Medical diagnosis describes and treats these imbalances in the body. Yin and Yang energy are not assigned a "good" or "bad" designation anymore than night is bad and day is good, or cold is bad and hot is good, and so forth.

The following image is published on the U.S. National Institutes of Health website, www.nih.gov.



Fact #12: Your local Acupuncturist can provide accurate information about this invaluable and effective health care service.



Thursday, June 21, 2012

Ear Acupuncture Benefits The Heart – New Research

Researchers have discovered that auricular acupuncture benefits the heart by increasing heart rate variability (HRV). HRV is the body’s ability to regulate the time interval between heart beats and is an index of the body’s ability to maintain control of the heart beat rate andAcupuncture CEU OnlineEar Acupuncture rhythm through vagus nerve activity. A lowering of HRV is found in unhealthy and highly stressed individuals. Acupuncture’s ability to raise HRV is of importance because reduced HRV is linked to mortality after myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, diabetic neuropathy and low survival rates in premature babies. A reduction of HRV is also common in patients with PTSD (post-traumatic stress syndrome) and for individuals with increased heart rates due to stress.
Acupuncture’s ability to raise HRV was measured using electrocardiograms (ECGs) and an HRV Mediolog AR12 system. The evidence-based research concludes that “HRV changes significantly during auricular acupuncture…” and that “HRV total increases during auricular acupuncture….” The research team, based in China and Austria, measured significant increases in HRV when needling Ear-Shenmen (earpoint: Heart). Ear-Shenmen is located on the external ear at the bifurcating point between the superior and inferior antihelix crus at the lateral third of the triangular fossa. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Ear-Shenmen is used for sedation, relaxing the mind, pain relief and clearing the heart.
Researchers from the International Society for Autonomic Neuroscience discovered similar results last year. They measured that needling acupuncture point CV17 increases HRV. They concluded that acupuncture at CV17 “causes the modulation of cardiac autonomic function.” The research measured the mechanism by which acupuncture at CV17 is able to activate the autonomic nervous system to control the heart rate by increasing vagal activity.

Laser Acupuncture Lowers Heart Rate – New Proof

Laser Acupuncture OnlineLaser AcupunctureNew research reveals that ultra-low-level violet laser stimulation of acupuncture point Du-20 (Baihui) changes the heart rate. A 405nm wavelength laser beam at an output power of 1mW (continuous mode) was directed at Du-20 (Baihui, GV-20) on laboratory rats. There was an acute on/off effect when activating the laser beam. When on, the laser beam significantly lowered the heart rate. Results were measured by electrocardiograms using an HRV Medilog AR12 system. The acupuncture point Du-20 was located “at the continuation of the line connecting the highest points of the ear, on the median line of the head.”
The researchers note that laser acupuncture “can modulate physiological and neurovegetative parameters after stimulating the Baihui acupuncture point” and that there was a “clear on/off-effect when the laser was activated/deactivated.” Given the controlled predictability of laser acupuncture stimulation on bodily function, the researchers from the Medical University of Graz, Austria and the Institute of Acupuncture and Moxibustion at the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences conclude that low-level laser acupuncture can be used in clinical studies.

MRI Acupuncture Research Maps Brain Network

New MRI research shows that autonomic nervous system (ANS) responses to acupuncture emanate from “distinct subregions” of “brain circuitry." A prestigious team of researchers from institutions such as MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), University of Michigan and Massachusetts General Acupuncture CEUs OnlineAcupuncture MRI ResearchHospital compared true acupuncture at acupoints ST36 and SP9 with sham acupuncture (non-acupoint location). True acupuncture activated the secondary somatosensory cortex (S2), insula, and the mid-cingulate cortex. The heart rate (HR) deceleration and skin conductance response (SCR) “magnitude of response was greater following real acupuncture” than with sham acupuncture.
Differential outflows of autonomic nervous system responses to acupuncture were associated with specific brain responses. Acupuncture with strong SCR causes “greater anterior insula activation” of the brain, particularly at acupoint SP9. Acupuncture stimulation producing greater deceleration of the heart rate was proportional to brain default mode network (DMN) deactivation. DMN is a network of brain areas responsible for internal processing including wakeful resting, memory recall, daydreaming and thinking about the future. ST36 had a significantly strong heart rate reduction and corresponding DMN response.

Acupuncture Treats Atrial Fibrillation – New Research

Acupuncture CEUs OnlineAcupuncture for A-fibNew research concludes that “acupuncture may be an effective non-invasive and safe antiarrhythmic tool” for the treatment of A-fib (atrial fibrillation, AF). A-fib is a common cardiac arrhythmia and is often associated with palpitations, chest pain and syncope. In A-fib, the normal P wave measured with an electrocardiogram is pathologically absent.

The researchers applied acupuncture points P6 (Neiguan), HT7 (Shenmen) and UB15 (Xinshu). Acupuncture was applied once per week for a total of ten weeks. All participants in the study had normal ventricular function. The researchers concluded that acupuncture “was associated with an antiarrhythmic effect.” Notably, true acupuncture was found significantly effective for the treatment of atrial fibrillation and sham acupuncture (non-acupoint) was not. In addition, acupuncture had similar efficacy to amiodarone, an antiarrhythmic pharmaceutical medication, in the prevention of A-fib recurrence. Moreover, acupuncture was effective for the treatment of both persistent and paroxysmal atrial fibrillation

Acupuncture & PEA for Multiple Sclerosis Pain

Acupuncture CEUs OnlineAcupuncture with PEA for MSA recent case study from the Institute for Neuropathic Pain concludes that combining acupuncture with palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) has a synergistic effect in reducing central neuropathic pain for patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). The combination reduces both pain intensity and the duration of pain relief. PEA is an endogenous fatty acid amide and is an endocannabinoid with an affinity for the cannabinoid-like receptors GPR55 and GPR119. Unlike THC (a psychoactive component in marijuana), PEA does not bind to CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors.
The researchers note that acupuncture partially reduced the 61 year old female patient’s pain. After adding PEA to the regime of care, the patient’s pain levels decreased even further than with acupuncture as the only treatment modality. Additionally, the patient needed less frequent acupuncture care when using PEA to help control pain levels. The researchers suggest that a “multimodal stepped care approach is demonstrated” with both acupuncture and PEA affecting activated glial cells, which are important cells in relation to the control of neuropathic pain.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Acupuncture Stops Dermatitis Itch – New Research

Acupuncture CEUs OnlineAcupuncture for ItchNew research concludes that acupuncture “significantly reduced type I hypersensitivity itch in patients with AD (atopic dermatitis).” In this double-blinded, randomized, placebo-controlled study; researchers compared acupuncture and drug therapy with placebo and non-intervention control groups. Both acupuncture and drug therapy significantly reduced itching with acupuncture being the most effective of the two.
Researchers measured outcomes for two types of acupuncture protocols. Protocol I measured the effects of acupuncture using preventative (preceding) acupuncture treatment. Protocol II measured acupuncture’s effects when applied to active itching. Protocol II was the most effective of the two. Drug therapy testing employed citirzine, an antihistamine, as the pharmacological agent to control itching. Citirizine (Zyrtec, Reactine) was as effective as preventative acupuncture care but not as effective as active acupuncture.

Acupuncture for Osteoporosis - Calcium & Bone New Research

Acupuncture CEUs OnlineAcupuncture for BoneNew research demonstrates that acupuncture with Chinese healing massage improves bone metabolism for the prevention of osteoporosis. Researchers compared sixty-four subjects divided into two groups. Group 1 was administered vitamin D with calcium carbonate in oral tablets for a period of 12 weeks. Vitamin D is an essential component for the proper absorption of calcium. Group 2 received acupuncture at acupoints UB40 (Weizhong) and K3 (Taixi) combined with tuina massage on the lower back. Tuina, literally translated as push and grasp, is a type of Chinese medical massage. Acupuncture was administered a total of 30 times over a period of 12 weeks. Both the oral calcium with vitamin D and acupuncture with tuina groups showed similar improvements in the biochemical indices of bone metabolism related to osteoporosis.
Blood analysis measured increases in levels of BGP (bone gla protein) in both the supplement and acupuncture groups. BGP is an important biomarker of bone metabolism. Higher serum levels of BGP indicate greater bone mineral density. Blood analysis also revealed that both the supplement and acupuncture groups had decreases in levels of phoshphorus and urine deoxypyridinoline (DPD). Higher numbers of DPD in the urine indicates a risk for osteoporosis. DPD provides structural integrity to type 1 collagen in bones. High urine DPD is common in post-menopausal women due to lower levels of estrogen. Although phosphorus is an important bone mineral, excess quantities in relation to calcium intake contribute to bone loss.

Scalp Acupuncture Treats Stroke Hemorrhage – New Research

Acupuncture CEUs OnlineAcupuncture Affects CD4A new acupuncture study reviews the history and research associated with the beneficial effects of scalp acupuncture for the treatment of intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH). The researchers note, “The evidence from clinical studies suggested that SA (scalp acupuncture) therapy may produce significant benefits for patients with acute ICH.” ICH is a potentially life-threatening type of stroke with a higher death rate and higher disability rate than ischemic strokes. Strokes and cerebrovascular disease account for approximately 11 percent of all worldwide deaths annually and is second only to heart disease as a cause of death. The researchers note that studies confirm that scalp acupuncture “has rapid and powerful effects to remove limb paralysis caused either by cerebral infarct or by cerebral haemorrhage in rats.” In human studies, ICH patients showed rapid and beneficial responses to scalp acupuncture and scalp acupuncture increases electrical activity in the brain following ICH.
The researchers investigated the mechanisms by which scalp acupuncture prevents pathophysiological responses due to ICH. CT (computerized tomography) shows that acupuncture at GV20 (Baihui) and Taiyang (EX-HN5) improves the “abosorption rate of hematoma.” Research also shows that scalp points GV20 and GB7 (Qubin) reduce “brain edema.” ICH research shows that acupuncture at GV20, GV26 (Shuigou), LI4 (Hegu), and LR3 (Taichong) accelerates “the extenuation of brain edema and diminish(es) cerebral vessel permeability and brain tissue damage.” The research also demonstrates that electroacupuncture from GV20 to Taiyang promotes tissue repair of the blood-brain barrier.
Research shows that acupuncture at GV20 and Taiyang benefits immune system function with measurable increases in CD3 and CD4 levels. CD3 is required for T-cell activation, a type of white blood cell important in cell-mediated immunity responses. CD4 is a subtype of T-cell known as a Helper T-cell.
The researchers note the ability of scalp acupuncture to prevent deleterious chemical responses in the brain due to ICH. Modern research shows that acupuncture at GV20 and GB7 regulates the expression of brain chemicals including protease-activated receptors (PARs), MMP9 and AQP4. The cellular effects of thrombin are mediated by protease-activated receptors and PARs contribute to pro-inflammatory responses. MMP9 is an enzyme involved in ICH and tissue remodeling. AQP4 is a protein that conducts water through cell membranes and is upregulated by disturbances to the central nervous system.
Research also shows that acupuncture at GV20 and GB7 regulates the cascade of endogenous inflammatory chemicals released after a stroke. These acupuncture points prevent inflammation by inhibiting IL-1beta in the brain tissue region of a hematoma. IL-1beta is a pro-inflammatory cytokine, a cell-signaling protein molecule used in intercellular communication. Also, scalp acupuncture causes a rapid decrease of IL-6 (Interleukin-6), another cytokine involved in the inflammatory response. Left unchecked, IL-6’s pro-inflammatory effects are pathological. IL-6 mediates fevers, crosses the blood-brain barrier and is found in high levels in patients with metastatic cancer.
The researchers note that acupuncture at GV20 and Taiyang has an “inhibitory effect on the immune-inflammatory reaction mediated by TNF-(alpha) expression….” TNF (Tumor Necrosis Factor) is a cytokine that is involved in various biological functions including septic shock and wasting syndrome. Additionally, acupuncture at GV20 and GB7 “promoted heat shock protein 70 (HSP70) mRNA expression in brain tissue….” HSP70’s help cells fold proteins and have the ability to protect cells from stress. Other scalp acupuncture research shows “improved mitochondrial energy metabolism in (the) brain….”
Neuro-electrophysiology scalp acupuncture studies show that that acupuncture at GV20 and Taiyang improves “coordination and compensation functions among cortical functional areas” in ICH patients. Scalp acupuncture has also been shown to beneficially affect the electrical activity of pain-reaction neurons. Also noted, GV20 and GB7 promote the expression of glial cell neurotrophic factor (GDNF). GDNF is a protein that promotes the survival of neurons. Moreover, the researchers note even more biochemical, bioelectrical and biophysiological benefits of scalp acupuncture on brain tissue related to ICH.
History of Scalp Acupuncture
The researchers give an interesting historical account of scalp acupuncture. First recorded in 5 BCE, Bian Que successfully revived the crowned prince of Guo from a near lifeless state using scalp acupuncture. The Huangdi Neijing (Yellow Emperor’s Internal Classic) notes that the head is the: meeting of all Yang meridians, house of the original spirit, convergence between Qi and Blood. Head acupuncture points regulate: Yin and Yang, Qi and Blood, Zang-Fu Organs. The Huangdi Neijing also notes that the brain is the: sea of marrow, master of Zang-fu organs, master of channel function. Scalp acupuncture continued to develop over the years including extensive writings in the Jin Dynasty work, the Zhenjiujiayijing (A-B Classic of Acupuncture and Moxibustion).
Modern History
In the 1970s, scalp acupuncture combined with biomedicine using neuroanatomy, neurophysiology and bioholographic principles. Luminaries such as Jiao Shunfa, Fang Yunpeng, Zhu Longyu, Zhang Mingjiu, Tang Songyan, Dr. Toshikatsu Yamamoto and Lin Xuejian contributed to the early development of this integrated form of scalp acupuncture. Prof. Mingqing Zhu began developing what is now a highly regarded system of scalp acupuncture in the 1970s and published his successes in journals and books. Prof. Mingqing Zhu developed a zone system of scalp acupuncture and incorporated advanced needling techniques into this system. He brought the system to the United States and opened scalp acupuncture centers in Santa Cruz, San Jose and San Francisco, California. Today, many practitioners use at least one of eight different styles of scalp acupuncture in clinical practice.

First Ever Acupuncture COPD Trial

The very first placebo-controlled, randomized study on the effectiveness of acupuncture for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) concludes “that acupuncture is a useful adjunctive therapy in reducing” breathlessness in patients with COPD. A decrease in shortness of breath in patients with COPD is directly proportional to increased survival rates indicating that acupuncture prevents mortality associated with COPD. The researchers note that acupuncture improved arterial blood gas, rib cage range of motion, respiratory function (including forced vital capacity) and respiratory muscle strength. The ability to increase exercise capabilities was also greatly increased by acupuncture treatment. Moreover, acupuncture improved the activities of daily living score. In addition, acupuncture significantly improved nutritional levels including BMI (body mass index) and pre-albumin levels, common major nutritional problems for patients with COPD.
Acupuncture CEUs OnlineAcupuncture for COPDA placebo acupuncture group was compared with a real acupuncture group. The placebo group received simulated needling using a Park sham device. The device uses a blunt tipped needle that looks as if it is penetrating the skin but, in reality, telescopes back into the upper part of the needle handle. Both the sham needle and the real needles were 0.35mm X 70mm stainless steel acupuncture needles. The real acupuncture needles were inserted between 5mm to 25mm. Electroacupuncture was not used and manual rotation stimulation was performed at each needle for 3-5 minutes until the de qi sensation was achieved. Total treatment time was 50 minutes for each treatment. Acupuncture treatments were administered once per week for a total of 12 weeks. The acupuncture points chosen for the study were: LU1 (Zhongfu), LU9 (Taiyuan), LI18 (Futu), CV4 (Guanyuan), CV12 (Zhongwan), ST36 (Zusanli), KI3 (Taixi), GB12 (Wangu), UB13 (Feishu), UB20 (Pishu), UB23 (Shenshu). The researchers note, “We demonstrated clinically relevant improvements in DOE  (dyspnea on exertion) (Borg scale), nutrition status (including BMI), airflow obstruction, exercise capacity, and health-related quality of life after 3 months of acupuncture treatment.”
Points of Interest
Interestingly, the researchers did not use Dingchuan (M-BW-1). This modern ‘extra’ acupuncture point is specific for the treatment of dyspnea, wheezing and coughing. Dingchuan is also used for the treatment of urticaria and upper back pain.
The researchers chose LU1 (Middle Palace). Located on the lateral aspect of the chest in the first intercostal space, LU1 is the Front Mu point of the Lung and is the Meeting Point of the Lung and Spleen channels. The other Lung channel point used in the study was LU9 (Supreme Abyss). Located at the wrist joint in the depression between the radial artery and the tendon of  the abductor pollicis longus, LU9 is the Yuan-Source  point of the Lung channel. It is also an Earth point, a Shu-Stream point, and a Hui-Meeting point. LU1 helps the Stomach Qi descend, clears heat, regulates water passages and relieves coughing and wheezing by helping the Lung Qi to descend. LU9 tonifies the Lungs, transforms phlegm, regulates the vessels and relieves pain.
LI18 (Support the Prominence) is located on the lateral aspect of the neck, level with the tip of the Adam’s Apple and is between the heads of the SCM (sternocleidomastoid) muscle. LI18 is a Window of Sky point and relieves coughing, wheezing, dysphagia, throat pain and hypotension.  CV4 (Gate of Origin) and CV12 (Middle Cavity) are the Front Mu points of the Small Intestines and Stomach respectively. These powerful points tonify Qi as does ST36 (Leg Three Miles). Additional points used in the study were used to benefit Lung function and to harmonize and strengthen the body.

iPhone & iPad App Measures Acupuncture Stress Reduction

The SweetBeat App for the iPhone and iPad has the ability to measure stress reduction as a result of acupuncture treatments. This App measures both the heart rate and HRV (heart rate variability). HRV measures the change in time interval between heart beats and is an index of the body’s ability to maintain control of the heart beat rate and rhythm through vagus nerve activity. Reduced HRV is linked to mortality after myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure and diabetic neuropathy.
HRV and Health
Acupuncture AppAcupuncture AppNew research on acupuncture points CV17 and Ear Shenmen shows that acupuncture benefits the heart by increasing heart rate variability (HRV). The SweetBeat App places a valuable measurement tool in the hands of the acupuncturist and the patient. Patients can measure HRV while walking, running, bicycling, at rest, before and after an acupuncture treatment, etc…. If the HRV dips unusually low, this is a serious indication of a potential cardiovascular disturbance. By contrast, the health benefits of a proper regime of dietary changes, exercise, relaxation techniques and acupuncture can be seen in an increase in HRV.

Feature Set

The SweetBeat App has many features including the ability to measure a person’s baseline level of stress. A visual readout is displayed and the user sees whether or not they are stressing their system. This can be invaluable for users who tend to overstress their bodies during workouts or through emotional stress. The App also has functions which allow the user to work on breathing evenly to reduce bodily stress. In addition, the user can save and track changes in HRV over time.
Evaluation
What we find incredibly valuable is the ability of this App to measure both HRV and heart rate. We like the stress indicator because it has an easy visual clue when to back-off from excessive exercise or emotional strain. To use this App, all one needs is a heart rate monitor strap and a dongle to transfer the information to an iPhone or iPad. For our review testing, we used a 60beat brand chest strap and receiver. The receiver plugs into the headphone jack and receives the 5.3KHz data from the chest strap.
How it Works
We simply put on the chest strap, plugged the receiver (dongle) into the iPhone (or iPad) and launched the SweetBeat App. For the initial use, SweetBeat asks the user to set a baseline level of heart performance to help in the analysis of mood and stress levels. The 60beat brand receiver works relatively well and is reliable up to about arms length. This worked well for our testing purposes because our users experimented with various workout speeds on a Stairmaster brand machine and arms length is ample.
Testing
We tested the device and find it very accurate. Both heart rate and HRV are highly responsive and SweetBeet is accurate to the tenths decimal place. As the user increases physical stress, the stress monitor tracked this performance issue with a colored bar graph. At first, we weren’t sure if the stress meter would be valuable. Once in a workout, however, the quick reference of the stress meter is nice addition. It gives valuable feedback without distracting the user from the workout.
Thoughts
This type of device helps the user learn about their heart. It can easily detect forms of heart disease and warns the user of excessive stress during exercise with its easy-to-read visual display. For athletes, sustained increases in HRV over time reflect higher performance levels and proper training. As a result, this is valuable for athletes in training as well as for those just beginning an exercise program. For users who are genuinely interested in tracking their cardiovascular health, we recommend this App. Heart disease is the number one killer worldwide and the SweetBeat App is an affordable tool to monitor one’s most important muscle- the heart.

Acupuncture Education & Treatment Strategy for Prostatitis

Acupuncture CEUs OnlineAcupuncture for ProstateResearchers have published clinical strategies for acupuncture in the study and treatment of nonbacterial prostatitis. Professors from the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine (Department of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Shenzhen Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital) note that chronic nonbacterial prostatitis (CNP) responds to acupuncture treatment as demonstrated in modern research.1 The publication outlines the underlying theory, treatment principles and optimal acupuncture points for the treatment of CNP.
The professors note that chronic nonbacterial prostatitis involves Kidney deficiency, damp-heat and Blood stasis. Of note, the Kidney, Bladder, Triple Burner, Liver, Spleen and Lung Zang-Fu organs are important in the treatment of prostatitis. From a channel perspective, the researchers note that the Conception Vessel (Ren Mai), Thoroughfare Vessel (Chong Mai), Governing Vessel (Du Mai), Kidney channel, Bladder channel and Liver channel are closely related to prostatitis. They note several common treatment principles used in the treatment of CNP: eliminate blood stasis, clear heat, expel dampness, soothe Liver Qi, unblock collaterals and meridians. They cite several application methods that have significant clinical efficacy: electroacupuncture, laser acupoint irradiation, warm needling acupuncture, moxibustion, herbal injections. Acupuncture points Guanyuan (CV4), Zhongji (CV3), Qugu (CV2), Ciliao (UB32), Yinlingquan (SP9), Sanyinjiao (SP6), Taichong (LR3), Taixi (KI3), and Zhibian (BL54) are noted as both important and ubiquitous in the treatment of CNP. The professors emphasize the arrival of de qi at the acupuncture points with conduction of sensation to the lower abdomen and perineum as important components of the treatment procedure. Acupuncture points (HT7), Sishenchong (EX-HN1) and Neiguan (PC6) are recommended for the treatment of the psychological side effects associated with CNP.

Oxygen Higher at Acupuncture Points – New Research

New research has discovered that oxygen levels are higher at acupuncture points. Using a 25 micron amperometric oxygen microsensor, researchers measured the partial oxygen pressure of the distal left Acupuncture CEUs OnlineAcupuncture pO2forearm of humans. Oxygen levels were significantly higher at the acupuncture points in the measured region: LU9 (Taiyuan), LU8 (Jingqu), PC7 (Daling), PC6 (Neiguan), HT7 (Shenmen), HT6 (Yinxi), HT5 (Tongli), and HT4 (Lingdao). The researchers note that this correlation provides information on the physiology of acupuncture points.
The researchers conducted this human study after a clinical investigation of rabbits measured higher partial oxygen pressure at acupuncture points ST36, ST37, CV16 and CV17 compared with the surrounding regions of the acupoints. The researchers note that their human study uses tiny oxygen sensors and is therefore noninvasive. In addition, they conclude that this research provides “clearer evidence on the strong pO2 (partial oxygen pressure)-acupuncture point correlation….” The researchers note that their investigation may “verify the physical existence of acupuncture points….”

Acupuncture Ups Fertility & Pregnancy Rates – New Research

New research demonstrates higher ovulation and pregnancy rates for women receiving acupuncture combined with clomiphene (clomifert, clomid) compared with women receiving clomiphene only. Clomiphene is a selective estrogen receptor modulator. It inhibits hypothalamus feedback to stimulate production of gonadotropins, hormones that affect fertility Acupuncture CEUs OnlineAcupuncture Fertilityincluding FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) and LH (luteinizing hormone).
The study measured a control group of 19 women and an acupuncture group of 17 women. The control group received 50mg of oral clomiphene at a rate of once per day for a total of 50 menstrual cycles. The acupuncture group received the clomiphene at the same dosage and rate plus regular acupuncture treatments. The researchers measured changes in ovulation, endometrial thickness, cervical mucus, pelvic fluid, and follicular development. The acupuncture group showed a significantly higher rate of both ovulation and conception than the group receiving medication only.
More Recent Studies
In a recent study of 5,807 women, it was demonstrated that acupuncture improves clinical pregnancy rates and live birth rates for women receiving IVF (in vitro fertilization).
A study published in the American Journal of Reproductive Immunology shows that the application of acupuncture to acupoints ST36 and SP6 was shown to prevent egg implantation failure.
In a study of 309 women, it was found that electroacupuncture “significantly improved the clinical outcome of ET (embryo transfer).”
A recent study measured the biochemical mechanisms by which acupuncture increases IVF success rates. In a randomized controlled study, it was concluded that, “Acupuncture could improve the poor receptive state of (the) endometrium due to mifepristone by promoting Th2 cytokines secretion and inhibiting Th1 cytokines to improve blastocyst implantation.”

A Case for Acupuncture Treating Raynaud’s Pain

A case history published in Acupuncture in Medicine investigated acupuncture for the treatment of Raynaud’s phenomenon. The researchers concluded that acupuncture reduced the patient’s pain intensity levels, decreased stiffness of the joints and Acupuncture CEUs OnlineAcupuncture for Raynaud'snormalized the color of the patient’s fingers and toes. Raynaud’s phenomenon comprises both Raynaud’s disease (idiopathic) and Raynaud’s syndrome (secondary). Raynaud’s phenomenon (RP) is a vasospastic disorder that causes discoloration of the fingers, toes and other regions. RP is due to excess sympathetic nerve system stimulation leading to excess vasoconstriction. The consequent hypoxia causes discoloration and sometimes pain, swelling, ulceration or necrosis. Exposure to cold exacerbates the condition and warmth tends to relieve the symptoms.
Acupuncture was applied to a woman, thirty years of age, who suffered from pain and stiffness of the extremities from Raynaud’s disease. Acupuncture was applied to acupoint LI4 (Hegu) bilaterally. The acupuncture was applied for a total of five minutes at a rate of two times per week over a period of two months. The researchers note that a measurement of the patient’s serum proinflammatory cytokines suggests an anti-inflammatory effect from the acupuncture treatments. The researchers concluded that acupuncture “should be considered as an alternative treatment or non-pharmacological therapy for pain associated with RP (Raynaud’s phenonmenon).”

New Acupuncture Magnetoencephalography Results

Researchers measured brain responses to acupuncture with magnetoencephalography (MEG) and concluded that acupuncture induces specific responses to brain Regions of Interest (ROIs). Researchers took MEG measurements of the frontal, central, temporal, parietal and occipital regions of the brain while study participants were needled at acupuncture point ST36 (Zusanli). The Acupuncture CEUs OnlineAcupuncture MEGcontrol group received acupuncture needle stimulation at a nearby non-acupuncture point. The researchers discovered that, “Significantly increased delta power and decreased alpha as well as beta power in bilateral frontal ROIs were observed following stimulation at ST36.”
MEG and Brain Waves
MEG maps brain activity by measuring naturally occurring magnetic fields in the brain, which are produced by electric currents produced by the brain. Alpha waves are neural oscillations in the 8-12 Hz range. These brain waves occur during wakeful relaxation with the eyes closed.
Alpha Waves
Alpha waves diminish with the eyes open, during drowsiness and sleep. Alpha waves are thought to be related to visual cortex activity and to play a role in network coordination and communication. Alpha wave intrusion is the appearance of alpha waves during non-REM sleep, a time when delta wave activity is normally dominant. Alpha wave intrusion is commonly found in patients with chronic fatigue and may be associated with fibromyalgia.
Beta Waves
Beta waves are between 12 – 30 Hz. Beta waves occur during waking consciousness. Beta waves occur in conjunction with muscle contractions during isotonic movements.
Delta Waves
Delta waves are between 0 – 4 Hz. Delta waves have the highest amplitude of the brain waves. Delta waves appear in stage three sleep and are predominant in stage four of sleep. Delta waves stimulate the release of growth hormone releasing hormone (GHRH) and prolactin (PRL). Delta waves inhibit thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). Disruption of delta wave sleep contributes to type II diabetes. Delta wave disruption by alpha waves is connected with fibromyalgia and poor quality of sleep.

Acupuncture Protects from Liver Fibrosis – New Research

recent study concludes that acupuncture significantly relieves hepatic fibrosis. A study of carbon tetrachloride induced hepatic fibrosis in laboratory rats measured responses to acupuncture treatment. The acupuncture group received acupuncture at LR3 (Taichong), LR14 (Qimen), UB18 (Ganshu), and ST36 (Zusanli). The Acupuncture CEUs OnlineAcupuncture for Livercontrol group received sham acupuncture, the use of non-acupuncture points. The sham acupuncture points were located 0.5cm to the left of each real point that was used in the acupuncture group. No significant changes were measured for the sham group while the true acupuncture group showed significant hepatoprotective findings.
The acupuncture and control groups received acupuncture treatment three times per week for three weeks followed by two times per week for an additional three weeks. The acupuncture group showed significant amelioration from liver injury upon examination of hepatocyte arrangement, necrosis and hepatic pseudo-lobular formation. MMP-9 protein expression levels of hematopoietic stem cells (HSC) were “upregulated remarkably in the acupuncture group” compared with the sham group. MMP-9 (matrix metallopeptidase) is an enzyme that breaks down extracellular matrix and is involved in tissue remodeling. Also, the acupuncture group showed additional significant changes related to the alleviation of liver fibrosis including changes in collagen, fibronectin proteins, TIMP-1 (a tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases), serum hyaluronic acid and laminin, and several other endogenous secretions.

Acupuncture Points to Different Sides – New Research

New research investigated the effects of needling the same acupuncture point on the left-side versus the effects of needling the acupoint on the right-side to determine if there were any physiological differences. Researchers measured the mean blood flux (MBF) in the acupuncture point LI4 (Hegu) using a Moor full-field laser perfusion imager. The study measured the results of needling LI4 on 120 human volunteers.
Methodology
The acupuncture group received acupuncture at LI4 with a 0.25 X 25mm needle to a depth of 15mm. Manual stimulation to the needle was applied with the rotation method every five minutes for a total of 30 minutes. In the control group, subjects did not receive acupuncture.
Acupuncture Affects Opposite Side
Acupuncture stimulation of right-sided LI4 caused strong amplification of the mean blood flux on the left-sided LI4. However, needling of left-sided LI4 only caused moderate amplification on both sides. The researchers concluded that the acupuncture point LI4 has lateralized specificity.
More Specificity Research
Acupuncture CEUs OnlineAcupuncture at LI4Researchers from the University of California, School of Medicine in Irvine, California concluded, “Recent evidence shows that stimulation of different points on the body causes distinct responses in hemodynamic, fMRI and central neural electrophysiological responses.” MRI results showed that “stimulation of different sets of acupoints leads to disease-specific neuronal responses, even when acupoints are located within the same spinal segment.”
 New MRI research demonstrates that acupuncture “induce(s) different cerebral glucose metabolism changes in pain-related brain regions and reduce(s) intensity of pain” for patients with migraines. The choice of acupuncture points determined specific changes in brain glycometabolism, indicating point specificity.
 New research published in the American Journal of Chinese Medicine concludes that acupuncture at acupoint SP9 (Yinlingquan) increases blood flow/perfusion to the spleen and acupuncture at acupoint LV8 (Ququan) increases blood flow/perfusion to the liver. The researchers concluded, “These results provide scientific evidence of the specificity of meridians.”
A recent MRI study compared brain activity from needling acupoint SP6 with a sham point. SP6 increased activity in the inferior parietal lobe, fusiform temporal gyrus and medial frontal gyrus. The sham point did not activate the areas but instead enhanced activity in the precuneus, a part of the superior parietal lobe. The researchers concluded that true acupuncture affects brain activity differently than needle stimulation at non-acupuncture points.
 A recent study concludes, “Acupuncture is effective in the treatment of functional dyspepsia, and is superior to non-acupoint puncture. The benefit of acupuncture relies on acupoint specificity.” The control group sham points were ineffective in the treatment of dyspepsia whereas the use of Stomach channel acupoints had over a 70 percent success rate.
New research published in the Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging demonstrates the point specific neurophysiological effects of acupuncture using MRI technology. Stimulation of acupuncture point GB40 (Qixu) enhanced “connectivity between the superior temporal gyrus (STG) and anterior insula.” Acupuncture point K3 (Taixi) increased the connection strength between the STG and the postcentral gyrus. The researchers concluded that, “The current study demonstrates that acupuncture at different acupoints could exert different modulatory effects on RSNs (brain Resting State Networks). Our findings may help to understand the neurophysiological mechanisms underlying acupuncture specificity.”

Acupuncture Halts Cocaine Addiction – New Research

New research investigated the ability of acupuncture to prevent the relapse of cocaine addiction. A study of cocaine addicted lab rats discovered that those receiving acupuncture at acupoint HT7 (Shenmen) had a “markedly reduced reinstatement of cocaine-seeking” with an 86.5 percent successful inhibition rate.
The researchers note that, “acupuncture reduces drug self-administration and dopamine release in the nucleus accumbens (NAc), a brain structure implicated in stress-induced reinstatement of drug-seeking behavior.” The NAc is an area of the brain important to motor function, rewards and emotions. Dopamine, glucocorticoids, GABA and serotonin play important roles in the NAc.
Using footshock stress to re-stimulate cocaine addiction behavior, researchers applied acupuncture to acupoint HT7 (Shenmen) for one minute following footshock stress to a control group and an acupuncture group. For the control group, footshock stress reinstated cocaine addiction behaviors. In the acupuncture group, there was an 86.5 percent inhibition rate of cocaine addiction. As a result of biochemical measurements taken during the study, the researchers note that the mechanism by which acupuncture prevents cocaine addiction relapse may be due to the ability of acupuncture to regulate “neuronal activation in the NAc shell.”
Acupuncture CEUs OnlineEar AcupunctureA mounting body of evidence supports this new research. A great deal of interest was stimulated twelve years ago when Yale University researchers concluded that auricular acupuncture was effective in the treatment of cocaine addiction. The results of the study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, showed that the acupuncture group tested 54.8 percent free of cocaine while the two control groups were 23.5 percent and 9.1 percent free of cocaine at the end of the study. In addition, a lower recidivism rate was measured in the acupuncture group.

Acupuncture Relieves Lower Back Pain – New Research

A new study of 236 patients published in the Journal of Musculoskeletal Pain concludes that acupuncture is an effective treatment modality for the relief of lower Acupuncture CEUs OnlineAcupuncture at LI4back pain. A total of 14 acupuncture treatments were applied over a period of four weeks in this randomized investigation. The researchers concluded that acupuncture has “beneficial and persistent effectiveness against CLBP (chronic lower back pain).”
In related research, acupuncture at acupoint LI4 (Hegu) was found to help in the relief of lower back pain. A group of 187 patients with CLBP received 18 treatments over a period of 7 weeks in this controlled clinical trial. Two separate acupuncture groups, one using LI4 and one not using this acupoint in the prescription, showed statistically significant relief from lower back pain.
The LI4 acupuncture point findings are consistent with acupuncture theory. LI4 is known for its pain relieving effects (including the neck, head, face and upper limbs) along with other points located on the hand. Yaotongxue, located on the dorsum of the hand, is a common acupuncture point used in the treatment of acute lumbar strain. Its lower back pain relieving effects are often immediate with lasting results.

University of Maryland Acupuncture Research – It Works!

A collaborative investigation between researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine (Baltimore) and the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine concludes that, “Recent clinical trial and systematic review results clearly show acupuncture to be more beneficial Acupuncture CEUs OnlineAcupuncture Researchthan conventional standard care for many pain conditions….” Published in Medical Acupuncture, the review notes that basic science research has identified several mechanisms by which acupuncture exerts its effectiveness in the treatment of pathological conditions. The authors note that “an extensive body of acupuncture research has been published, much of it with important clinical implications.” In addition, the authors note that there is a trend towards acupuncture becoming accepted by the mainstream in the United States, citing a national survey showing a growth in acupuncture utilization.
Recent Research Topics
The modern research continues to pour in. Below is a short list of some of the research that has sparked recent interest. The list is by no means exhaustive and new research continues to map the neurophysiological mechanisms of acupuncture.
Liver Fibrosis
A recent sham-controlled study measured the mechanisms by which acupuncture prevents liver fibrosis. Acupuncture demonstrated changes to hepatocyte arrangement and relief from necrosis and hepatic pseudo-lobular formation. Also, MMP-9 protein expression levels of hematopoietic stem cells (HSC) were “upregulated remarkably” by the use of acupuncture.
Brain Waves
Magnetoencephalography (MEG) demonstrated that acupuncture induces specific responses to brain waves. Researchers discovered that, “Significantly increased delta power and decreased alpha as well as beta power in bilateral frontal ROIs (brain Regions of Interest) were observed following stimulation at ST36.”
Fertility
A recent study measured the biochemical mechanisms by which acupuncture increases IVF success rates. In a randomized controlled study, it was concluded that, “Acupuncture could improve the poor receptive state of (the) endometrium due to mifepristone by promoting Th2 cytokines secretion and inhibiting Th1 cytokines to improve blastocyst implantation.”
Oxygen at Points
New research has discovered that oxygen levels are higher at acupuncture points. The researchers note that their investigation may “verify the physical existence of acupuncture points….”
Osteoporosis
New research demonstrates that acupuncture improves bone metabolism for the prevention of osteoporosis. Blood analysis measured increases in levels of BGP (bone gla protein) from acupuncture treatment.
MRI Investigation
Researchers from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge) and the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) utilized MRI research to demonstrate that autonomic nervous system (ANS) responses to acupuncture emanate from “distinct subregions” of “brain circuitry.” True acupuncture activated the secondary somatosensory cortex (S2), insula and the mid-cingulate cortex. The heart rate (HR) deceleration and skin conductance response (SCR) “magnitude of response was greater following real acupuncture” than with sham acupuncture.
Laser Acupuncture
Researchers concluded that laser acupuncture “can modulate physiological and neurovegetative parameters after stimulating the Baihui (DU20) acupuncture point” and that there was a “clear on/off-effect when the laser was activated/deactivated.”
Muscle Building
Acupuncture builds and preserves muscle mass. The research measured that acupuncture “recovered the skeletal muscle mass” and “ameliorated skeletal muscle atrophy by reducing mRNA expressions of the E3 ubiquitin ligases atrogin-1 and MuRF1.” Acupuncture also “increased the mRNA expressions of Akt1 and TRPV4.”
Pain Relief
Researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York stated, “acupuncture releases a natural pain-relieving molecule into the body…. Adenosine is a key to reducing pain during acupuncture treatment.”

IVF Relaxation Induced By Acupuncture – New Research

New research concludes that acupuncture reduces anxiety in women undergoing IVF (in vitro fertilization). A randomized-controlled study of 43 women undergoing IVF measured changes in anxiety levels. A total of four acupuncture treatments over a period of four weeks at a rate of once per week were administered. The acupuncture group received acupuncture at acupoints Yintang, HT7 (Shenmen), PC6 (Neiguan), CV17 (Shanzhong) and DU20 (Baihui). The control group received needle stimulation at non-acupuncture points near the areas of the true acupuncture points (sham acupuncture). The true acupuncture group showed a significant reduction in anxiety while the sham acupuncture group did not. The researchers concluded that acupuncture reduces anxiety and psychological strain for women undergoing IVF.
Acupuncture CEUs OnlineAcupuncture for IVFThis research focuses on the integration of acupuncture with modern medical practices and represents a trend in modern investigations. In another related recent study, research demonstrates higher ovulation and pregnancy rates for women receiving acupuncture combined with clomiphene (Clomid) compared with women receiving only clomiphene. An additional four recent studies focused on the ability of acupuncture to improve fertility treatment outcomes. An investigation of 5,807 women concludes that acupuncture improves clinical pregnancy rates and live birth rates for women receiving IVF. A study published in the American Journal of Reproductive Immunology shows that use of acupoints ST36 and SP6 prevents egg implantation failure. In a study of 309 women, electroacupuncture “significantly improved the clinical outcome of ET (embryo transfer).” Looking at basic science, researchers concluded that, “Acupuncture could improve the poor receptive state of (the) endometrium due to mifepristone by promoting Th2 cytokines secretion and inhibiting Th1 cytokines to improve blastocyst implantation.”
Point Functions
A classical acupuncture point selection, the acupoints chosen for the study have been used for anxiety reduction for over a thousand years. Yintang is renown for its stress relieving effects. HT7 (Spirit Gate) is a Shu-Stream, Yuan-Source and Earth point of the Heart channel. It is classically indicated for calming the spirit and regulating the Heart. PC6 is a Luo-Connecting point of the Pericardium channel and the Confluent point of the Yin Linking vessel. PC6 regulates the Heart, calms the spirit, harmonizes the Stomach and regulates the chest Qi. PC6 regulates the Stomach Qi and is often used to relieve nausea and vomiting. CV17 is the Front-Mu point of the Pericardium, a Meeting point of Qi, a Sea of Qi point and a meeting point with the Spleen, Kidney, Triple Burner and Small Intestine channels. CV17 regulates the Qi, opens and benefits the chest, promotes lactation and is used to benefit both breathing and relaxation. DU20 is a Sea of Marrow point and is also the meeting point of the DU channel with the UB, GB, Triple Burner and Liver channels. DU20 calms the spirit, benefits the head and brain, and subdues wind disorders such as headaches, dizziness and hypertension.
Standards
Together, these points have a synergistic ability to induce relaxation with effects that are often immediate and lasting. Variations of this point combination are common for the treatment of hypertension, insomnia, panic attacks, PTSD (post-traumatic stress syndrome) and depression. As a result, use of this point selection in this study represents a common standard for the treatment of anxiety as recommended by many Chinese medicine textbooks and classical literature.

Acupuncture Lowers Cholesterol & Triglycerides – New Research

New research concludes that acupuncture lowers both cholesterol and triglycerides. Researchers applied electroacupuncture to acupoint ST40 (Fenglong, Abundant Bulge). ST40 is located on the lower leg, halfway between the tibio-femoral joint line and the lateral Acupuncture CEUs OnlineAcupuncture at ST40malleolus at a distance of two finger breadths lateral to the anterior crest of the tibia. According to traditional Chinese medicine principles, this is a Luo-Connecting point of the Stomach channel that transforms phlegm and dampness, alleviates coughing, invigorates the channel to reduce pain, and clears phlegm from the Heart and Lungs.
The research, conducted on laboratory mice, measured biochemical responses to electroacupuncture at acupoint ST40 to map the mechanisms by which acupuncture reduces hyperlipidemia. The study discovered that electroacupuncture induces expression of nNOS and Mt1. NNOS is an enzyme that mediates nitric oxide signaling, which plays an important role in cellular signaling, vascular tone and blood pressure, insulin secretion, airway tone, angiogenesis and peristalsis. Mt1 plays an important role in the protection against oxidative stress. Based on these findings, the researchers conclude that electroacupuncture and its affect on nitric oxide signaling transduction is physiologically related to its cholesterol and triglyceride lowering effects.

Acupuncture for Spinal Cord Recovery– New Paralysis Research

Breakthrough research has discovered that implanted electro-acupuncture combined with bone marrow cell transplantation increases success rates in the healing of spinal cord injuries. Transplantation of bone marrow derived stromal cells into injured spinal cords helps in the restoration of motor functionality. However, survival Acupuncture CEUs OnlineIntegrated Acupuncturerates for transplanted cells is low thereby limiting the therapeutic value of the procedure. Researchers combined implanted electro-acupuncture with the cell transplantation procedure and concluded that electro-acupuncture “induced a significantly higher functional improvement in locomotor functions” than cell transplantation only. Electro-acupuncture also “significantly increased the number of surviving BMSCs (bone marrow derived mesenchymal stromal cells) compared to the BMSCs alone group.” The researchers concluded that “our experiment showed that the approach of coupling iEA (implanted electro-acupuncture) electric stimulation and BMSCs transplantation remarkably promotes functional improvements in animals with spinal cord injury and holds promising potential to treat spinal cord injury in humans.”
New successes with electrochemical approaches to spinal cord recovery procedures is not isolated. Recently, researchers combined electrical stimulation to the motor area of the brain and the spinal cord below the area of the injury. In addition, drugs were infused into the region of the wounded area to promote healing. The results were dramatic. Paralyzed rats were able to walk and run after severe spinal cord injuries. This research followed last year’s revelation, reported in the Lancet, that a 23 year old paraplegic man regained the ability to stand and walk using a functional electrical stimulation (FES) device.

Acupuncture Ups Blood Iron - New Research

New scientific evidence shows that acupuncture has the ability to benefit iron levels in the blood. A new study concludes that acupuncture upregulates serum ferritin and decreases TIBC (total iron Acupuncture CEUs OnlineAcupuncturebinding capacity). Ferritin is an intracellular protein that stores, releases and transports blood iron. TIBC is a lab test that measures the body’s ability to bind iron with transferrin, iron-binding blood plasma glycoproteins. TIBC is high in patients with iron deficiency anemia because the liver produces increased levels of transferrin to maximize use of remaining iron stores.
In a randomized-controlled trial, researches applied acupuncture to sixty white rabbits at acupuncture point ST36 (Zusanli, Leg Three Measures). The rabbits underwent food restriction and blood draws to simulate a blood deficiency condition that lowered serum ferritin and raised TIBC. Acupuncture was administered every other day for a total of 10 times. Serum ferritin and TIBC were measured using radioimmunoassay. Both on day 17 of the study and during a follow-up exam 32 days after completion of the study, the rabbits receiving acupuncture showed significantly higher levels of serum ferritin and lower TIBC than the control group.

Acupuncture Relieves Foot Drop From Stroke – New Research

New research concludes that acupuncture improves motor function for patients with foot drop caused by a stroke. Foot drop is movement impairment of the Acupuncture CEUs OnlineAcupuncture after Strokeankle, foot and toes that causes dropping of the forefoot. Researchers measured two approaches to acupuncture therapy for the treatment of drop foot. One of the techniques yielded superior clinical results yet both approaches showed significant clinical improvements.
Group A received acupuncture at acupuncture points SP6 (Sanyinjiao) and KI3 (Taixi) with application of the reducing needling technique at each acupoint. Tonification technique was applied to acupuncture points ST41 (Jiexi), UB62 (Shenmai) and GB34 (Yanglingquan). Group B received acupuncture at ST36 (Zusanli), SP6 (Sanyinjiao), GB39 (Xuanzhong) and several other acupuncture points used in rehabilitation treatments. Acupuncture was administered in a series of three sessions for both groups. Each session was comprised of 10 acupuncture treatments at a rate of once per day for a grand total of 30 acupuncture treatments. Group A demonstrated greater clinical improvements in the symptomatic relief of foot drop although patients in group B also showed significant improvement.

Acupuncture Reduces GERD – Univ. of Arizona Reports

A recent publication in the prestigious Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology cites the effectiveness of acupuncture for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Acupuncture was shown to be more effective in reducing regurgitation and heartburn than doubling medication Acupuncture CEUs OnlineAcupuncture & GERDlevels for patients suffering from cases of refractory GERD. Dr. Ronnie Fass, MD of the University of Arizona in Tuscon reported that refractory GERD affects up to approximately one-third of patients who take PPIs (proton pump inhibitors). PPIs are pharmaceuticals that inhibit gastric acid production and include brand names such as Prilosec, Lomac, Prevacid, Nexium, and Protonix. Regarding the acupuncture research cited in the publication, Dr. Fass notes that, “This is the first study to suggest that alternative approaches for treating visceral pain may have a role in GERD patients with persistent heartburn despite PPI therapy.” Dr. Fass reported that for the approximately one-third of patients taking PPIs who continue to suffer from GERD, “When compared to doubling the PPI dose (standard of care), adding acupuncture was significantly better in controlling regurgitation and daytime as well as night-time heartburn.”

Acupuncture Trumps Ibuprofen for Shingles Pain – New Research

New research concludes that acupuncture combined with moxibustion successfully alleviates herpes zoster neuralgia, nerve pain due to shingles. A total Acupuncture CEUs OnlineAcupuncture for Shinglesof 37 cases were divided into two groups. Group 1, the medication group of 19 cases, received ibuprofen, vitamin B1 and vitamin E. Group 2, the treatment group of 18 cases, received acupuncture and herbal moxa roll heat stimulation. The herbal moxa roll consisted of corydalis tuber (Yan Hu Suo), astragali radix (Huang Qi), myrrh (Mo Yao) and other related herbal ingredients. Moxibustion was applied once a day for 7 days to Jiaji (EX-B-2) and Ahshi acupuncture points until local skin flushing was obtained. Acupuncture was applied to the same acupoints, Ahshi and Jiaji points, at a rate of once per day for 7 days. Acupuncture technique was applied using electroacupuncture at 100 Hz for 10 minutes followed by 2 Hz stimulation for an additional 30 minutes.
Following the 7 day session, one patient in the medication group was diagnosed as cured while 5 patients in the acupuncture combined with moxibustion group were diagnosed as cured. Significant improvement was diagnosed in 13 patients in the medication group and 12 patients in the acupuncture combined with moxibustion group. No progress was reported in 5 patients in the medication group while only one patient in the acupuncture-moxibustion group did not respond to therapy. The researchers discovered that the therapeutic effect achieved in the acupuncture with moxibustion group “was significantly superior to that of the medication group.” The researchers concluded that electroacupuncture with moxibustion “is effective in relieving neuralgia in HZ (herpes zoster) patients.”

Acupuncture Protects the Heart - New UCLA Research

Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) conclude that acupuncture protects the heart. Electroacupuncture applied to acupuncture points P6 and P5 in anesthetized rabbits with coronary artery occlusion resulted in less ventricular arrhythmias. Electroacupuncture also decreased heart infarct size, meaning, electroacupuncture protected the heart from tissue death due to obstruction of blood and oxygen supply. The researchers also showed that electroacupuncture stimulation caused a decrease in left ventricle dysfunction. Furthermore, a decrease in harmful ST segment elevation was observed as a result of electroacupuncture at P5 and P6. A raised ST segment is measured by an EKG, electrocardiogram, and may indicate a myocardial infarction.
The Study
Acupuncture CEUs OnlineAcupuncture for the HeartIn a detailed scientific investigation published in the American Journal of Physiology Heart and Circulatory Physiology, researchers compared a non-treatment group, an electroacupuncture group, a sham acupuncture group (acupuncture at non-acupuncture points), and two additional experimental electroacupuncture groups. The two experimental electroacupuncture groups combined acupuncture with chemical blocking agents specifically designed to block the regulation of the cardiac nervous system, opioid receptors and PKC pathways. PKC is a kinase enzyme that modifies other proteins and functions in signal transduction of extracellular stimuli including hormones and growth factors. Electroacupuncture did not induce cardioprotective effects when these blocking agents were used. As a result, the researchers conclude that electroacupuncture protects the heart through regulation of the cardiac nervous system, opioid receptors and PKC pathways. The group using only electroacupuncture, without interference from chemical blocking agents, showed the cardiac improvements whereas all of the other study groups did not.
About The AcuPoints
Acupuncture points P5 (Jianshi) and P6 (Neiguan) are located on the forearm approximately 2 to 3 inches proximal to the anterior portion of the wrist. P5 regulates the Stomach and menstruation and calms the Heart. It is traditionally used for heart pain, palpitations and emotional upset. It is also beneficial in the treatment of irregular menstruation, leukorrhea, and excessive clotting of the menstrual flow. P6 benefits the Stomach, relieves nausea, regulates the Heart and calms the spirit. It is used for the treatment of heart pain, palpitations, heart rate dysfunction, emotional disturbances, vomiting and insomnia. Traditionally, P5 is referred to as a Jing-River and Metal point of the Pericardium channel. P6 is classified as a Luo-Connecting point of the Pericardium channel and is the Confluent point of the Yin linking vessel.